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Bismarck sets sights on 150th

A new committee being formed next month by Bismarck Mayor Seth Radford to come up with a decade’s worth of projects for infrastructure growth and other municipal improvements will have another major task on its hands — making preparations for the city’s 150th anniversary next year.

According to Radford, in addition to himself, the committee will consist of representatives from Bismarck’s planning and zoning committee, fire department, police department and the board of aldermen, along with the city administrator.

“I’m also wanting to choose some lay people in the public, as well as some business people and the chamber,” Radford said. “We’re wanting people like that because we’re looking to the future of the city. We’re wanting people who are real go-getters. What we really want are people to start building in our city.

While the committee’s main goal continues to be the formulation of a 10-year plan to bring in more residents and businesses, as well as improve the city’s infrastructure without raising additional taxes, Radford said the city’s upcoming 150th anniversary will be a major focus of the committee beginning this summer.

The city of Bismarck was platted and recorded on Nov. 10, 1868. In an effort to attract settlers of German heritage to the booming railroad town, the new village was named in honor of Prince Otto Eduard Leopold Von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor of Germany. On June 9, 1877, the St. Francois County Court approved the incorporation of the town of Bismarck after receiving a petition representing two-thirds of the taxpayers of the area.

“I believe that it’s in August 2018 when we’re looking to have our sesquicentennial celebration as a city,” Radford said. “We’re wanting to start moving in that direction to plan it once the committee is formed.

“One of the jobs of the committee will be to decide what kind of celebration we’re going to have. We’re wanting to talk to the Depot Committee, the Chamber of Commerce and several other groups because a 150th anniversary of the city is so important.”

Another top item on the committee’s agenda, according to Radford, will be to have the city’s water tower repainted.

“We have a great town to offer,” he said. “We just want to clean and straighten it up a little bit to draw others to our city.”

“We’re wanting to start moving in that direction to plan it once the committee is formed.”

A committee now in the formation stage will be tasked with planning the city of Bismarck's 150th birthday taking place next year. Mayor Seth Radford said he wants the event to be one that's in keeping with the importance of reaching such a milestone. The photo, date unknown, shows a steam locomotive pulling out of the city's train depot on East Main Street.

A committee now in the formation stage will be tasked with planning the city of Bismarck’s 150th birthday taking place next year. Mayor Seth Radford said he wants the event to be one that’s in keeping with the importance of reaching such a milestone. The photo, date unknown, shows a steam locomotive pulling out of the city’s train depot on East Main Street.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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